Daily Archive: December 7, 2012


Oral History Project connects generations of Black males

African-American boys, teenagers and older men have a lot to learn from each other and the Crossing Fences oral history project proved that. Thirty-Five boys ages 12-22 and 36 men ages 20-80, each from all walks of life living in the Hill District, Hazelwood and Homewood gathered during the summer of 2012 to conduct oral history interviews on a varied list of topics including self-confidence, parenting and community service. TRANSFERRING KNOWLEDGE—A Story Box unit created for the Hill District is being used at U-Prep in Milliones school. Crossing Fences was created by Saturday Light Brigade Radio Productions and funded through a $75,000 grant from the African-American Men and Boys Initiative, an arm of the Heinz Endowment that was created in 2007.


Former Courier reporter to head poverty center

New York, N.Y.—Child and adolescent development expert Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, has been named director of the National Center for Children in Poverty, part of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. RENEE WILSON-SIMMONS “Dr. Wilson-Simmons is an extraordinary and proven leader in supporting better futures for low-income youth and their families,” said Mailman School Dean Linda P. Fried. “She brings more than 20 years of high-level experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation in the fields of child and adolescent development. Her direction will carry the fine work of NCCP to a new level of policy leadership and impact.”


New Tuskegee Airmen board members

Two prominent Sewickley residents and the daughter of a newly discovered and living Tuskegee Airmen have been elected Trustees of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial soon to be built in the Sewickley Cemetery. G. STRATTON NASH They are Edward Fulesday, the CEO of AKF Trial Technologies; G. Stratton Nash, who grew up in Sewickley and is a member of the Board of Directors, Sewickley Community Center and Kimberly L. Slater-Wood, the Director of Outreach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Slater-Wood’s father, Sgt. Harold Slater, was a Flight Line technician for the Tuskegee 477th Composite Squadron stationed at Godman Field, Ky.



Just half as much

I had the utmost love and respect for my father, Mr. Milton Kendrick Sr. It has always been my most fervent hope that my children and doubly hopeful that my grandchildren would feel at least half that way about me.


There is a reason for the season

(NNPA)—With the Christmas season in full bloom, I am amazed how such a simple celebration has now become so controversial. How can people find a way to criticize the meaning of Christmas that I grew up with? Christmas has always meant recognizing the birth of the baby Jesus, giving one’s family their time and presence, not presents.



GOP, break Grover Norquist’s grip on you

by Donna Brazile (CNN)—Who is Grover Norquist? He’s a private citizen, a conservative lobbyist, the author of the Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge and president of Americans for Tax Reform. His idea of tax reform is no more tax increases ever again. And no closed loopholes unless matched by cuts in government spending. DONNA BRAZILE


Changes needed to Pa. child abuse law

The Pennsylvania Task force on Child Protection recommended sweeping changes in the commonwealth’s child abuse law that could help make the state safer for children.The legislative commission concluded Tuesday after a year of study prompted by Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on molestation charges.


Cover To Cover…‘An Accidental Affair’

You’ll get yours. Whatever comes around, goes around. Tit for tat, and all that. You always reap what you sow, and payback’s a… well, you know what it is. When James Thicke beat down Johnny Bergs for sleeping with James’ wife, it seemed that Johnny got what he deserved. But in the new book “An Accidental Affair” by Eric Jerome Dickey, James might pay for the beating with his life.